Dhaka, Mar 11: After disgruntled fans threw stones at a bus carrying the West Indies cricket team last Friday, Bangladesh security authorities are taking no chances with unruly mobs getting out of hand. They have positioned nothing less than military tanks at the entrance of stadiums where cricket matches are scheduled to be held.
At Chittagong, there are even gun-toting guards on every floor of the team hotel and an armed escort accompanies the players to the ground.
Bangladeshi fans threw stones at the West Indies bus and also attacked the house of the Bangladesh captain, Shakib al-Hasan, after Bangladesh were dismissed for their lowest one-day total of 58 in their nine-wicket defeat.
Hosting the World Cup has been seen as a huge honour for Bangladesh and cost the government of one of the world's poorest nations more than 22 million pounds, a leading newspaper reports.